Categories for Foreign Dignitaries

32,845. 2/15/2020

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS welcomed the President and First Lady of Ecuador to the White House this week! 🇺🇸🇪🇨…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 15, 2020 5:36 pm

32,144. 1/20/2020

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/SWITZERLAND/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Heading to Davos, Switzerland, to meet with World and Business Leaders and bring Good Policy and additional Hundreds of Billions of Dollars back to the United States of America! We are now NUMBER ONE in the Universe, by FAR!!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 20, 2020 7:59 pm

31,756. 12/13/2019

EU/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT. This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U. Celebrate Boris!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 13, 2019 1:08 am

31,752. 12/12/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “Looking like a big win for Boris in the U.K.!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 12, 2019 11:06 pm

31,505. 12/10/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just had a very good meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and representatives of Russia. Discussed many items including Trade, Iran, North Korea, INF Treaty, Nuclear Arms Control, and Election Meddling. Look forward to continuing our dialogue in the near future! https://t.co/tHecH9a9ck

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 10, 2019 5:51 pm

31,501. 12/10/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/MEXICO/NANCY PELOSI/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Nancy Pelosi sat Mexico’s top trade negotiator and foreign minister down in her office and gave the two men an ultimatum. It was late September, and Democrats feared Mexico was not going to implement labor protections mandated by the new North American trade agreement. So Pelosi convened a small, private meeting, looked Mexican Undersecretary for North America Jesús Seade and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in the eye, and said: ‘You have got to do this.’ They backed down…On Tuesday [12-10-19], top trade officials from the U.S., Mexico and Canada finalized a sweeping agreement to update the old NAFTA trade deal in an unusual alliance that won the backing of the powerful AFL-CIO labor federation, President Donald Trump and House Democrats.”

Megan Cassella, “‘We ate their lunch’: How Pelosi got to ‘yes’ on Trump’s trade deal,” Politico, December 10, 2019 2:56 pm

31,226. 12/4/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump reality show: NATO edition certainly had its share of plot twists and dramatic reveals on Wednesday [12-4-19]. Hot mics! World leaders caught on tape discussing the American president! President Donald Trump calling the Canadian Prime Minister ‘two-faced’! A secret meeting with the controversial Turkish leader! The cancellation of a much-anticipated press conference over Twitter! An impeachment hearing back in Washington, D.C.! And then Trump was gone, back on Air Force One for his trip home. It was an abrupt and surprising end to the two-day gathering of world leaders, with Trump declining to take a final victory lap on his talking point — echoed by other NATO leaders — that he was responsible for nudging countries to increase their domestic defense spending. That’s a foreign policy win Trump can tout on the campaign trail in 2020.”

-Nancy Cook, “The Trump reality show: NATO edition,” Politico, December 4, 2019 5:59 pm

31,196. 12/4/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/NATO/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Enjoyed my meeting with Prime Minister @BorisJohnson of the United Kingdom at @10DowningStreet last night. Talked about numerous subjects including @NATO and Trade.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 4, 2019 4:22 am

31,195. 12/4/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RoyalFamily: 📷An official photograph of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, NATO Secretary General and Heads of State and Gov…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 4, 2019 3:57 am

31,171. 12/3/2019

CANADA/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump just met with Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau of Canada. https://t.co/OqglFETMSE

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 3, 2019 12:45 pm

31,170. 12/3/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/FRANCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump just met with President @EmmanuelMacron of France—a partner of the United States in many key ven…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 3, 2019 11:26 am

31,165. 12/3/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Their bromance once made headlines. But on Tuesday [12-3-19], it was clear that the days of President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France trading cheek kisses and clasping hands were gone. On the sidelines of a gathering for the 70th anniversary of NATO, Mr. Trump took his one-time friend to task, denouncing comments Mr. Macron made last month criticizing the American president’s leadership of NATO, and calling into question several of the French leader’s policies. Mr. Trump is known for trying to build personal relationships with his counterparts, but he also has a penchant for public feuds, fueled in part by his off-the-cuff approach to the news media and his regular Twitter rants. And Mr. Macron is just one of a handful of one-time buddies whose initial coziness with Mr. Trump has turned cold.”

Megan Specia, “From Friends to Frenemies? Trump’s Relationships With World Leaders,” The New York Times online, December 3, 2019

31,147. 12/2/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “RT @thehill: #BREAKING: Ukraine’s Zelensky: I never talked to Trump about ‘position of a quid pro quo’ https://t.co/1oFG9XWTmj https://t.co…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 2, 2019 2:28 pm

31,077. 11/29/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump barreled into London like a bowling ball on his first trip to Britain as president last year, testing the special relationship by criticizing then-Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit in the pages of The Sun ahead of his visit while praising her political rival at the time, Boris Johnson. Mr. Trump is heading to London again next week, this time for a NATO summit marking the alliance’s 70th anniversary. Mrs. May is long gone from Downing Street. Mr. Johnson, still a favorite of the president, is prime minister and facing his own unpredictable election a little over a week after the NATO gathering on Tuesday [12-3-19] and Wednesday [12-41-19]. On Friday [11-29-19], senior administration officials said the visit will include one-on-one meetings with President Emmanuel Macron of France, who recently warned about the ‘brain death’ of NATO and suggested that Europe can no longer assume unwavering support from the United States.”

Annie Karni, “Trump Is Heading to London. Boris Johnson Is Not on His Calendar.,” The New York Times online, November 29, 2019

31,025. 11/25/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump met with Prime Minister @BoykoBorissov earlier today on measures to strengthen the strategic par…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 25, 2019 11:55 pm

30,783. 11/19/2019

DEMS/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: I am struck by Schiff’s attempt to characterize President Trump’s conversation with President Zelensky as a ‘demand.’ I…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 19, 2019 1:06 pm

30,625. 11/14/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “RT @Jim_Jordan: TODAY the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Vadym Prystaiko, verified what we already knew: ‘I have never seen a direct relation…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 14, 2019 9:52 pm

30,624. 11/14/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “RT @Jim_Jordan: Calls & meetings: 7/25—Call between @POTUS and Zelensky 7/26—Volker & Taylor meet Zelensky 8/27—John Bolton meets Zelensky…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 14, 2019 9:51 pm

30,601. 11/14/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump gave an update on relations with Turkey at the top of his meeting with President Erdogan. https:…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 14, 2019 6:29 am

30,600. 11/14/2019

DEMS/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “RT @TeamTrump: President @realDonaldTrump on the Democrat’s hearing while he was meeting with the leader of Turkey: ‘I would much rather fo…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 14, 2019 6:28 am

30,326. 11/6/2019

AFRICA/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just had a meeting with top representatives from Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to help solve their long running dispute on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, one of the largest in the world, currently being built. The meeting went well and discussions will continue during the day! https://t.co/MsWuEBgZxK 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 6, 2019 2:10 pm

29,607. 10/18/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accused President Trump on Friday [10-18-19] of having broken with ‘diplomatic and political courtesy’ by sending him a letter threatening to destroy the Turkish economy if he did not behave in ‘the right and humane way’ in Syria…At the same time, Mr. Erdogan said, ‘we also want it to be known that, when the time comes, the necessary thing will be done.’ It was the latest back and forth between the two leaders who have sought to portray themselves as strong-willed and unforgiving, and created an intensely personal backdrop for a policy decision with deadly serious consequences. Earlier this month, Mr. Trump gave Turkey the green light to invade northern Syria, pulling back 1,000 American troops and abandoning the Kurdish fighters who had for years been fighting side-by-side with American soldiers to defeat the Islamic State extremist group.”

Marc Santora, “Turkish President Slams Trump’s Letter for ‘Lack of Respect’,” The New York Times online, October 18, 2019

29,545. 10/16/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/KURDS/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “U.S. President Donald Trump warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a letter about Turkey’s incursion into Syria, ‘Don’t be a tough guy’ and ‘Don’t be a fool!’ The Oct. 9 letter was released by the White House on Wednesday as Trump battled to control the political damage following his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, clearing the way for the Turkish incursion against America’s Kurdish allies. The letter tried to persuade Erdogan to reverse a decision to invade Syria that Erdogan told Trump about in an Oct 6 phone call. ‘Let’s work out a good deal!’ Trump said. ‘You don’t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don’t want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy – and I will.’”

Steve Holland, “Trump warned Erdogan in letter: ‘Don’t be a tough guy’ or ‘a fool’,” Reuters, October 16, 2019 2:04 pm

29,391. 10/11/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/ITALY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump will host Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House on Oct. 16, the White House said on Friday [10-11-19]. The two leaders will ‘celebrate the strong and enduring historical ties between the United States and Italy, which underpin our bilateral relationship,’ the White House said. The Italian president plays a mainly ceremonial role and usually stays out of day-to-day politics.”

Reuters Staff, “rump to host Italian President Mattarella at the White House on Thursday,” Reuters, October 11, 2019 5:25 pm

29,347. 10/10/2019

ELECTION/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump pledged to ‘drain the swamp’ of money and influence in Washington. But sludge has kept pouring in — and some of it is coming from foreigners who are trying to buy sway with the president and his advisers. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, were arrested on Thursday [10-10-19] and charged with trying to aid Ukrainian and Russian foreign nationals by secretly directing $325,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC. And they are only the latest in a string of moneymen and women connected to Trump — including possible Middle Eastern donors to Trump’s inaugural committee, Mar-a-Lago neighbor Cindy Yang, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy and imprisoned former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort — who have come under scrutiny since 2016 over funneling foreign money into American politics. The string of allegations reveal gaping holes in America’s defenses against foreign influence in its politics and elections, stretching far beyond the inadequate cybersecurity that Russian hackers exploited in 2016.”

Maggie Severns, “‘A great big money party’: Foreign efforts to influence Trump keep piling up,” Politico, October 10, 2019 8:08 pm